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The Color Purple is the Hottest Ticket in Town
November 10, 2009, 6:28 pm
Filed under: Broadway Across America

Kicking off one of the strongest Broadway musical seasons Miami has seen in years, OPRAH WINFREY PRESENTS THE COLOR PURPLE took Miami audiences and press critics by storm. During its Miami run (October 27 – November 1), THE COLOR PURPLE captured the hearts of young and old at the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House. Nearly 17,000 tickets were sold for the eight performances, making the Tony Award-winning hit musical the highest sold single-week Broadway show in the Adrienne Arsht Center’s history. It was the “hottest ticket in town!”

The Color Purple Photo by Paul Kolnick

The Color Purple; Photo by Paul Kolnick

This soul-stirring musical is based on the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the Oscar-nominated film by Steven Spielberg. It is the unforgettable and inspiring story of a woman named Celie, who triumphs over tremendous odds to find not only joy in life, but also her true inner beauty. Nominated for eleven Tony® Awards, THE COLOR PURPLE is a landmark theatrical event with a GRAMMY®-nominated score featuring jazz, gospel and blues. Cheering crowds took pleasure in watching two of the stars of the production—Kenita R. Miller, who played Celie, and LaToya London, an American Idol third season finalist, who played Celie’s sister Nettie.

The Arsht Center also partnered with community groups to have choirs perform before select performances. The participating choirs included those from Christian Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, New Birth Baptist Church Cathedral and Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church.

The success of THE COLOR PURPLE shows that Miami audiences have a tremendous appetite fort diverse programming. It was inspiring and uplifting to see the diverse audiences that came together to see this musical.; it is a testament to the fact that multicultural programming that crosses ethnic and socio-economic lines unites the community in an appreciation of the diversity that is South Florida.


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